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Pure Drivel | [Steve Martin]

Pure Drivel

In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of the New Yorker already know: that Martin is also a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces feature Martin at his finest.
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Publisher's Summary

In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Steve Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of The New Yorker already know: that Martin is a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces, some of which first appeared in The New Yorker, feature Martin at his finest. With a playwright's ear for dialogue, a sense of irony only Martin could muster, and a first-class comic ability to perfectly time the punch line, Pure Drivel will have listeners crying with laughter, and marveling at the fact that in addition to all of his many talents, Steve Martin is also a superb writer.

Don't miss Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.

©1998 40 Share Productions, Inc.; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Audio, All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"...humor raised to the abstract." (The New York Times)

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    53Classic 11-05-12
    53Classic 11-05-12
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    "Not so much!"
    What would have made Pure Drivel better?

    I was disappointed. I have always loved Steve Martin. This truly WAS drivel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Martin again?

    Not likely.


    Any additional comments?

    The 5 minute "first listen" was the only high spot in the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 10-01-12
    Sharon 10-01-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's just what the name says: pure drivel Steve Martin is well Steve Martin. I liked the first
    story the best. I liked the whole book. ALL OF IT. I love SM. He has my initals.


    What other book might you compare Pure Drivel to and why?

    dk


    Have you listened to any of Steve Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no But since I've heard this one I will buy more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved it all


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I joined audio bbooks and have decided to keep it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PHB Ohio 08-06-12
    PHB Ohio 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "funny, light, meaningless"

    Pretty original very funny, happily lacking in obscenities. Martin is very creative and very much his own person.

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    Phillip 07-23-12
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    "Truly Pure Drivel (Worthless)"
    What disappointed you about Pure Drivel?

    This book was pointless, didn't even begin to be funny, and was a complete waste of time. This the worst book I have ever read or listened to. Don't make the same mistake I made in thinking that if it is Steve Martin, it has to be funny.


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    Barbara_NY Long Island, NY, United States 07-23-12
    Barbara_NY Long Island, NY, United States 07-23-12

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    "Pure Drivel = Pure Delight"
    If you could sum up Pure Drivel in three words, what would they be?

    Dry, delectable humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Martin is every character, to me. He is the strong studs and the bullish men, the clever coppers and the wily women, the lug, the lush, the lovers. They are all Steve and they are all wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience listening to Steve Martin read a book, but unless you are born under a heavy rock with molten lava poured on top you've seen him perform on SNL, or elsewhere. As always, he's brilliant!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Pure Drivel is pure entertainment


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and download this audio book today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    COLEMAN-SMITH OREGON 04-03-12
    COLEMAN-SMITH OREGON 04-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Needed a laugh that day"
    What made the experience of listening to Pure Drivel the most enjoyable?

    Because thats what it was .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not easy so many were in it .. But the Dear Amanda letter was good and you could picture it =)


    What about Steve Martin’s performance did you like?

    Oh yes I enjoy him so much ... his dialog just kept me listening


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Silly Antidotes to make us chuckle .....


    Any additional comments?

    It was to short for me !!!

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    Edward Brick, NJ, United States 12-11-11
    Edward Brick, NJ, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "only a few funny ones"
    Would you try another book from Steve Martin and/or Steve Martin?

    yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    don't know


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not that funny in this one


    What character would you cut from Pure Drivel?

    don't know


    Any additional comments?

    would not recommend. The funniest one is the free one Dear Amanda.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Many parts are absolutely hysterical!"

    I must preface this review with the fact that the author and I seem to have the same sense of humor. I have read other reviews that say the book isn't funny, but I think you have to be dialed in to the point the author is making. Yes, there are chapters in the book that ended before the author did, but I'm willing to forgive these given the hilarity available elsewhere in the book. It is evident throughout the book that the author has the ability to recognize the ridiculous and laugh out loud at it. He takes this ability a step further by creating mundane scenes and expanding on them to the point of mocking humor. His reading of the book brings the humor to life in a way no other narrator could deliver. I have read most of this book several times and each reading brings more than mild chuckles.

    Although most of the book is great, I will warn against: The Hundred Greatest Books That I've Read, Side Effects, I Love Loosely, Michael Jackson's Old Face. The first two are too long and drag a funny idea to the point of annoying. The next two are just not very funny. Maybe the comparison to the other chapters makes me feel this way, but I doubt it.

    Some of the most hilarious chapters include: Dear Amanda, How I Joined Mensa, In Search of the Wily Filipino, Changes in the Memory after Fifty. The first two could have been written by the same person. After his letters to Amanda, Joey must have changed his name to Rod when he decided to join Mensa. I appreciate the jabs in the wily Filipino chapter as well as getting a laugh at the final destination. Maybe it's because I'm over fifty that the fourth chapter mentioned in this paragraph makes me laugh out loud. I really don't care why.

    Overall, this book is more than worth reading. I own the paperback version of this book, but listening to the author read the book propels the book over the top for me! Pure Drivel takes some thought on your part. As long as you understand that this book is not passive I highly recommend you read it.

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-11 Member Since 2010

    Muisc is Life

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    "Pure Drivel"

    The title fits this book very well. Half of it did not make sense. I did not make it through the entire book.

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    Jennifer Chantilly, VA, USA 06-21-09
    Jennifer Chantilly, VA, USA 06-21-09
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    "He was not lying .... "Pure Drivel""

    This book started out funny but near the end it just became pure random drivel. I am not a rocket scientist (far from it) so the end of the book was probably totally over my head. I listened to another one of his books "The Pleasure of My Company" and I really enjoyed it which is why I wanted to listen to this one. Plus I heard the excerpt of when the character was writing letters to his x-girlfriend - VERY Funny.

    The Pleasure of My Company

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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